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Mukesh

Mukesh

  • Birth Date: 22 Jul 1923
  • Birth Place: Delhi

Artist Information

Mukesh Chandra Mathur was born in a small middle class family in Delhi. He was interested in acting and singing right from childhood and was a great fan and admirer of Kundan Lal Saigal. In spite of the fact that he only studied till the 10th grade (metric exam), he was able to obtain a good job as an assistant surveyor in the department of public works, where he worked for seven months.

In 1940, Mukesh had recorded secretly some non filmi songs in Delhi . Then, Mukesh was bitten by the Bombay bug like scores of other young people before and after him. He arrived in Bombay with the hope of becoming a movie star. He stayed with his relative the famous actor Motilal.

His debut as a singer came in the film 'Nirdosh'. The song was "dil hi bujha hua ho to...". Then in 1944 he followed with a duet with singer Kusum for the film 'Us paar'.

The song was "Jara boli ri ho...". In 1945 he sang with Khursheed "Badariya baras gayi us paar..." for the film 'Murti'. By this time he had established a small place for himself in the hearts of his audience. In 1945, Anil Biswas asked him to record a song for the film 'Pehli Nazar'. The raag was darbari and the song "dil jalta hai to jalne de..." was a huge hit, popular to this day. Mukesh had arrived. By 1948, the streets of the sub continent were humming with his songs from Aag, Anokhi Ada, Mela, Veena and Vidya.

In 1949, came another mile-stone in his life. In the studios of the great actor Prithviraj Kapoor there were two young musicians Shanker and Jaikishen. The young Raj Kapoor asked them to provide music for his own films. Shanker-Jaikishen asked Mukesh to sing for them and for ever afterwards, Mukesh would be Raj Kapoor's singing voice. Films like Aawara and Shree 420 spread the voice of Mukesh all the way to Russia where in the streets of Moscow you could hear people singing "aawara hoon..." and "mera joota hai japani...".

With Motilal's help, Mukesh got a role as an actor in the film Years later, he was to act again in Raj Kapoor’s Aah in 1953. However fate had other plans for him.He was best known for his singing talent.

It was under Naushad with Mela (1948) and particularly Andaaz (1949), that Mukesh finally discovered his own style. Andaaz (1949) was a major triumph for Mukesh. All his four solos were raging hits - Tu Kahe Agar, Jhoom Jhoom ke Naacho Aaj, Hum Aaj Kahin Dil Kho Baite, Toote na Dil Toote na. It is interesting to note that though Mukesh in later years was regarded as the voice of Raj Kapoor, in Andaaz, Mukesh's songs went on Dilip Kumar while Mohd. Rafi sang for Raj Kapoor.

The partnership with Raj Kapoor started with Aag (1948) where Raj's feelings of despondency and despair were vividly caught by Mukesh in Ram Ganguly's composition Zinda Hoon Is Tarah, and ended with R.D. Burman's Ek Din Bik Jaayega in the film Dharam Karam (1975). In its course was an endless list of hits. Among them are the evergreen songs of Awaara (1951), Shri 420 (1955), Parvarish (1958), Anadi (1959), Sangam (1964), Mera Naam Joker (1970).

However life was not always that easy and smooth. Following Awaara's success, Mukesh almost ruined himself when he sidelined his singing career to pursue acting - to try and make it as a singing star. Mashuqa (1953) with Suraiyaand Anuraag (1956) with Usha Kiron both sank at the box-office. (He also did a small role as a tangewala enacting his own song - Choti si Zindagani in Aah (1953))

Wizened by the ordeal, Mukesh returned to playback singing only to find that offers had dried up. The situation reached a point that his children Nitin and Ritu were turned out of school as they were unable to pay their fees.

It was finally with Yeh Mera Deewanapan Hai from Yahudi (1958), that Mukesh finally came back with a bang. Other hits that year like Madhumati, Parvarish and Phir Subah Hogi meant there was no turning back. Even S.D. Burman who had not utilized Mukesh's services for over a decade composed those two masterpieces for him - Chal ri Sajni from Bombay ka Babu (1960) and O Jaanewaale Ho Sake To Laut ke Aana from Bandini (1963).

Mukesh thereafter flourished right through the 1960s and mid 1970s with soulful hits like Main to Ek Khwab Hoon (Himalay ki God Mein (1965)), Jeena Yahaan Marna Yahaan (Mera Naam Joker), Maine Tere Liye hi Saat Rang ke Sanpne Chune (Anand (1970)), Main na Bhoolonga (Roti, Kapda Aur Makan (1974)) and of course Main Pal do Pal ka Shayar Hoon and Kabhi Kabhie (Kabhi Kabhie (1976)).

Mukesh worked with several music directors, lyricists, co-singers and was the on-screen voice for several actors - notably, Raj Kapoor and Manoj Kumar. Mukesh also acted in a few films like Mashooqa and Anurag, appeared in a cameo role as the kochavan in Aah, and composed the music for a handful of films which he produced.Among the other recent music directors for whom Mukesh sang a good number of his songs were Laxmikant Pyarelal, Kalyanji Anandji, Salil Choudhary, Usha Khanna, R.D. Burman, and S.D. Burman. Another music director to have used Mukesh’s voice well was Khaiyyam. The lyrics of Sahir Ludhianvi, Khaiyyam’s music and Mukesh’s voice created magic in the film Kabhi Kabhie.

His last recorced song was Chanchal, Sheetal, Nirmal, Komal from Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978). He died on 27th August 1976, of a sudden heart attack in Detroit, while on a concert tour of the U.S.

Most Popular songs sung by Mukesh
   
Ramaiya Vatsavaiya Shree 420 Play Add to current playlist
Mein Pal Do Pal Ka Kabhi Kabhie: Love Is Life Play Add to current playlist
Dost Dost Na Rah Sangam Play Add to current playlist
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai Play Add to current playlist
Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein - Part I Kabhi Kabhie: Love Is Life Play Add to current playlist
Ae Mere Sanam Sangam Play Add to current playlist
Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaye Anand Play Add to current playlist
Ichak Daana Bichak Daana Shree 420 Play Add to current playlist
Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein - Part Ii Kabhi Kabhie: Love Is Life Play Add to current playlist
Mera Joota Hai Japani Shree 420 Play Add to current playlist
Mein Har Ek Pal Ka Kabhi Kabhie: Love Is Life Play Add to current playlist
Main To Diwana Milan Play Add to current playlist
Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaye Rajesh Khanna Hitz Play Add to current playlist
So Gaya Yeh Jahan Tezaab Play Add to current playlist
Hamko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai Pyar Amar Akbar Anthony Play Add to current playlist
Is Jahan Ki Nahin Hai King Uncle Play Add to current playlist
Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein (revival) Kabhi Kabhie: Love Is Life Play Add to current playlist
Zindagi Ki Na Kranti Play Add to current playlist
Aaj Holi Hei Deshwasi Play Add to current playlist
Zindagi Har Kadam Ek Nai Jung Hai Meri Jung Play Add to current playlist
Aa Dekhen Zara Aa Dekhen Zara Play Add to current playlist
Khush Rahne Ko Zaroori King Uncle Play Add to current playlist
Mere Toote Hue Dil Se Revivals - Mukesh Play Add to current playlist
O Mere Sanam (revival) Sangam Play Add to current playlist
Jaane Kahan Gaye Woh Din Mera Naam Joker Play Add to current playlist
Har Dil Jo Pyar Karga Sangam Play Add to current playlist
Duniya Banane Wale Revivals - Mukesh Play Add to current playlist
Awara Hoon Awara Play Add to current playlist
Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Se Anari Play Add to current playlist
Sawan Ka Mahina Milan Play Add to current playlist
Dil Ki Nazar Se Anari Play Add to current playlist
Bol Radha Bol ... Sangam Play Add to current playlist
Bol Meri Dafli Bol Bol Azaad Desh Ke Ghulam Play Add to current playlist
Bhooli Hui Yaadoein Revivals - Mukesh Play Add to current playlist
Sajan Re Jooth Mat Bolo Teesari Kasam Play Add to current playlist
Main Na Bhoolunga - 1 Roti Kapda Aur Makaan Play Add to current playlist
Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Pe Revivals - Mukesh Play Add to current playlist
Tum Roothi Raho... Aas Ka Panchhi Play Add to current playlist
Aansoo Bhari Hain Revivals - Mukesh Play Add to current playlist
Tu Mujhe Suna Chandni Play Add to current playlist
Aansoo Bhari Hai Ye Jeevan Ki Parvarish Play Add to current playlist
Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan Revivals - Mukesh Play Add to current playlist
Mujhko Is Raat Ki Tanhayee Main Revivals - Mukesh Play Add to current playlist
Teri Soorat Nigahon Mein Phirti Rahe Chahat Play Add to current playlist
Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan Mera Naam Joker Play Add to current playlist
Dheere Dheere Bol Koi Sun Na Le Gora Aur Kala Play Add to current playlist
Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo Revivals - Mukesh Play Add to current playlist
Hum Tumse Mohabbat Karke Sanam Revivals - Mukesh Play Add to current playlist
Char Dham Ki Aarti Char Dham Play Add to current playlist
Aa Laut Ke Aaja Mere Meet Revivals - Mukesh Play Add to current playlist
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